I think we lost a few Challenge participants to the weather–half of us are digging out of a blizzard and the other half are outside enjoying our missing winter, instead of being in the kitchen, maybe? This week’s challenge in a Challenge was sweets– if you didn’t get your link to your recapper, please put it in the comments! I can feel my sweet tooth gearing up!
She may be Blogging Reluctantly, but the Reluctant Blogger sure posted a lot of delicious meals in the past few weeks! While cleaning out her freezer (i suffer from the same ‘buy food even when there’s food at home’ ailment) she dug out some ground elk for tasty looking burgers, found some hidden shrimp (i didn’t know we had local shrimp in the Northwest!), and even delved into sampling some very local fare during a visit to Nicaragua. I’m jealous!
Methylgrace was up for our Dessert Challenge! She had a special event to bake for: her son’s second birthday! She made not one, but two sweets including a little frosting topped shortbread featuring all SOLE ingredients. Although she made the shortbread to help and accommodate a child with allergies, it sounds good enough to make ever weekend to me!
Sage the Flowerweaver here to tell you we had several West group participants step up to the Challenge within the Challenge and craft some mouth-watering sweets in time for Valentines!
Julie at D.I. Wine and Dine prepared a sweet Valentine treat of Maple Caramel Corn from local corn and honey. What a great treat to share with others. Although her maple syrup wasn’t local, it was harvested from some friends’ backyard, so that’s very cool!
Teresa at Not From a Box lamented she would have to eliminate chocolate and romantic fruits (I feel your pain!) in her concoction. Since local apples are plentiful in her area, she made a Baked Apple Sorbet from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home. She admits it really just tasted like frozen applesauce–delicious, but not fulfilling her idea of an ideal, decadent Valentine’s Day dessert. It certainly looks pretty!
Becky at My Kitchen Solo is celebrating with a Honey Ricotta Cheesecake Pie, for which she kindly shares the recipe. She says the greatest part of the recipe is that it’s entirely made in the food processor. Her presentation with a strawberry heart is just magnificent!
Rick over at Stoney Acres made 100% local French Toast with strawberries the week before. Nom nom! And this week, a local Turkey Dinner with homemade bread. He gives some tips on cooking a small turkey in a crock pot. I’ve recently rediscovered my own crock pot (after catching my kitchen on fire!) and it certainly cuts down on the fire risks while blogging, ha ha.
Farmer Rick and I are in the process of some very big projects, and Emily from Sincerely, Emily–one of the Not Dabbling in Normal contributors–who also lives in Texas will be taking my place as the West recapper for the rest of the Dark Days Challenge. I’ll still be around, blogging when I can, just a bit preoccupied. Cook on SOLE troops!